What’s so new about news?
The interesting thing about news has never been its truth or falsehood but how it explodes our sense of onrushing time
Web of war
How the hair-trigger nuclear age and fears of Armageddon inspired visionary cold warriors to invent the internet
The Soviet InterNyet
Soviet scientists tried for decades to network their nation. What stalemated them is now fracturing the global internet
And their eyes glazed over
My college students are never entirely present in class, addicted to texts and tech. Is there any hope left for learning?
The world wide cage
Technology promised to set us free. Instead it has trained us to withdraw from the world into distraction and dependency
Ever-faster feedback loops and micro-targeted digital porn are pushing human sexuality into some seriously weird places
‘Big data is people!’
The sum of our clickstreams is not an objective measure of who we are, but a personal portrait of our hopes and desires
In proof we trust
Blockchain technology will revolutionise far more than money: it will change your life. Here’s how it actually works
The ages of distraction
Busy, distracted, inattentive? Everybody has been since at least 1710 and here are the philosophers to prove it
Work imitates life
The utopian workplace is here, complete with roof gardens, therapists and time to nap. Can the employee ever escape?
Websites and apps are designed for compulsion, even addiction. Should the net be regulated like drugs or casinos?